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About Northern British Columbia

Vancouver Harbor Northern British Columbia covers more than half the entire province - approximately 500,000 square kilometres. Northern BC is a land of an infinite adventure that extends 1,000 kilometres from east to west following the Yellowhead Highway 16.

In Northern British Columbia you will find an intangible and stimulating mix of old and new. The vast wilderness area of Northern British Columbia is an unspoiled masterpiece of nature. The mountain ranges, which dominate the northern landscape, were shaped by volcanic fire then folded and raised by powerful forces below the earth's surface. The rugged, heavily forested valleys between them were carved by the glaciers, which at one time covered most of the province.

Most of Northern British Columbia is preserved and protected by a world-class system of provincial parks. They vary from pure wilderness areas accessible only by horseback, charter plane or on foot to idyllic lakeside campgrounds with every amenity. They hold turquoise-coloured glacial lakes, alpine meadows, hot springs, volcanic cinder cones and a miniature Grand Canyon.

Northern BC is full of parks and nature preserves. From the mystical, storm-swept Queen Charlotte Islands to the Rocky Mountain foothills, this is a land where man's biggest accomplishments seem small in comparison.

The lakes are spotless. The land is green. The air is pure. This summer, come and take your place amidst the magnificence of these natural wonders.

In the Queen Charlotte Islands, there are plants and animals that exist nowhere else. And in the Northern Rockies, the Muskwa-Kechika Special Management Area is known as the "Serengeti of the North", because nowhere else outside of Africa is there such wildlife diversity and intact ecosystems in a relatively compact area.

Northern BC's vast wilderness comprises more than half the province - approximately 500,000 sq km (193,051 sq mi). This is a land of jagged mountain peaks, roaring rivers, serene lakes, green valleys, rugged coastlines and ancient island archipelagos.

The region is known for its magnificent freshwater and saltwater fishing, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting and in the winter, powder skiing.

A wondrous system of national and provincial parks provides habitats and sanctuary for wildlife as small as birds and as large as grizzly bears. Easy walking trails and challenging backcountry routes abound, leading to such diverse natural sites as crashing waterfalls and ancient lava beds.

You won't want to miss the Queen Charlotte Islands, an untamed land rich in Haida culture and with distinct island flora and fauna that have evolved over thousands of years. A vibrant arts community also exists on these islands.

Some of the best examples of fossilized footprints in North America can be found in Northern BC, including the world's oldest bird footprints.

Some popular things to see and do:

W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre
Peace Canyon Dam Visitor Centre
Haida Heritage Centre
'Ksan Historical Village
Museum of Northern BC
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site

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